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Illinois Legislature OKs 'incomplete' 2015 budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) - The Illinois Legislature has approved an approximately $35.7 billion budget that Democrats acknowledge is "incomplete."

The Senate approved the 2015 budget Friday with no GOP support. The House approved it Tuesday.

Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski calls the plan "incomplete" but says it's the best budget lawmakers can pass this year.

Republicans call the budget irresponsible.

Leading Democrats wanted to stop Illinois' temporary income tax increase from rolling back in January. But House Democrats didn't have enough "yes" votes in an election year to do so. That resulted in a budget that doesn't account for increased costs next year.

Democrats say Illinois could see massive cuts and layoffs if new revenue isn't found.

The GOP warns Democrats are planning to return after the November election and make the tax increase permanent.

“The budget approved today only exacerbates Illinois’ worsening fiscal condition. By over-spending and over-borrowing, Springfield politicians are placing more debt on Illinois families to pay for an unbalanced budget. Let’s be clear, Illinois’ budget violates state law. It is hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance. And it ensures Illinois will remain with one of the nations’ worst budget deficits that will only deteriorate further over time and result in more massive and job-killing tax increases. Now, more than ever, we need an honestly balanced budget and if I am fortunate to be elected State Treasurer, I will go to court and challenge the legality of this budget which clearly violates Illinois’ Constitution,” said Rep. Tom Cross.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says the spending plan approved by state lawmakers is a "phony budget." In a statement, Rauner says lawmakers didn't address structural reforms, instead passing a "broken, dishonest budget that career politicians" have been passing for years.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the budget that lawmakers approved "didn't get the job done."

In a Friday statement, Quinn says his plan would have helped secure Illinois' long-term financial future. He says the budget before him postpones tough decisions and doesn't pay down bills.

Quinn also adds he'll try to minimize the impact of cuts to services.

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